Monday, September 25, 2017

EYE CONTACT

EVERYONE IS WORTHY
    Photo Credit: StephXt Chan

On September 23rd, 2017 I partook in a Worldwide event. An event that really showed me what it is like to have Compassion and so much Love for every Soul that crossed my path that day.
This event was part of The World's Largest Eye Contact Experiment, and it was nice being apart of something bigger than myself. Being able to BE there, to BE present and in the moment with all those who would come to make Eye Contact with me.
I was blown away at the amount of people that came out to support this Free Humanitarian event, all people from all walks of life and even animals came to be still and present. It was like something straight out of a fairy tale, the amount of magic that filled the area that day, was beyond anything else I have ever witnessed.

As the event was reaching it's last minutes to begin the Eye Contact Experiment, we gathered together in circle. We shared a beautiful poem written by Thich Nhat Hahn, and chanted a beautiful song of Peace. As I circled around the circle smudging everyone, with the intention to ground and send out Loving energies, I was able to experience everyone ground into their bodies. Seeing and hearing complete strangers come together in circle was something so profound and beautiful, my Heart was all a glow. I love the sound of a large group of people coming together to sing. The power of sound is immense, especially when it is our own voice that is singing forth for all to hear. A beautiful sharing.

"May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos
Even in the darkest spots living beings are able to hear it clearly
So that all suffering in them ceases
Understanding comes to their heart
And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.
The universal dharma door is already open
The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly
The miracle happens: a beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower
One single drop of this compassionate water is enough
To bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.
Listening to the bell I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
My mind calm, my body relaxed
A smile is born on my lips
Following the sound of the bell
My breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness

In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully."
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Peace I give to you. Peace, peace, peace
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As we broke circle we all went to sit in our location, to begin this beautiful Experiment, of sharing 1 Minute of Eye Contact with so many beautiful souls. Though I felt 1 Minute was not enough, it was nice to let it be what it wanted to be for every person that came to sit with me. Some of us sat for a minute, others for up to 3-5 minutes. Everyone having a very different experience, yet feeling so absolutely connected. I loved hearing what others experienced in their time looking deep into each other's souls. 
I wanted to share with you my personal experience with what came up for me during this experiment, and I encourage others to also share the experience they had as well, at this beautiful gathering. I can only be excited by the thought of how it was for everyone, after they processed and digested the happenings of that day.

when we look deep into another's eyes, there is no need for words
Photo Credit: StephXt Chan

Transformation, was absolutely present in my experience as I began the experiment, the very first woman who came to sit with me, was super giggly, she was nervous as this was her first time doing anything like this, as it was the same for MANY who came to participate that day. I looked deep into her eyes, with a gentle smile on my face, and I acknowledged her nervousness, it was beautiful to see her use her giggles as a defense, a safety to not make things feel so super awkward. I was looking at myself in this woman, she was me and I was her. I had such Love in my Heart for how nervous she was feeling and it felt amazing to feel that, with every different person that came to sit with me, I felt as though I was looking at very different parts of my Self in each and every one, a beautiful Spectrum of so many wonderful souls. It was magical, beautiful and Heart felt. When the very last person came to sit with me, we engaged in some of the deepest Eye Contact I think I have ever experienced, I was seeing who I am today, as we locked eyes we had a deep conversation about Life as we know it.

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We talked about how so often we are looking at tiny screens in front of our faces, instead of engaging in human connection with other human beings. As her eyes gazed so deeply into mine, I found myself feeling almost nervous with just how engaged her eyes were into mine, which was as intensely as I felt to go. 
We continued on about how people will often break eye contact, and look all around the person with the copious amount of distractions we experience on the daily. I made an example of what that looked like and found myself giggle with nervousness as the lady at the beginning. I was intrigued with just how far we went into our conversation whilst making eye contact. She continued to talk about labels and how everything in life has a label, every single thing, even Nothing is a label, because Nothing is Something! 
Which labels are only put in place to help us distinguish the difference between things, they help to convey the idea of what something is. Our conversation went many places, and I found that to be exciting.

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She asked me if I believe in different realms, to which I replied OF COURSE! The idea that these realms are constantly around us and how some of us just do not have the capability to see them. But they are always around. We talked about how we are all connected and one and the same, but out of all the magic we talked about, what really stuck with me was, when we look deep into another's eyes, there is no need for words. That what we perceive in the world around us is created in our mind, but also felt through our Heart. If you can see the world through your Heart and not your mind, how different could it be?
It was an absolutely incredible collective experience.
There were times when I would look so deeply into the other's eyes, that it was as though I could see what they were really feeling/thinking, there were times when I saw great pain, loneliness, fear, sadness, and it was all absolutely beautiful, because deep within all of those I saw Love, Light and Compassion.
I have been each one of those people that came to connect that day, the nervous giggler, the hippie, the introvert, the friend, the traveler, the mother, the nature enthusiast, the foreigner, the teacher, the artist, the soulful one, the lover and beyond. 



I SEE you and in turn SEE myself, and it is all beautiful
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Every person reflected back at me different aspects of myself, and all I could do was LOVE each and every one.

I walked into the experiment with excitement, and left with a Heart FULL, that it felt as though it was glowing. I also learned something beautiful, that when we engage with each other and greet each other, we put our hand on our heart and say I am........ I thought that was an absolutely beautiful claiming of who we are, owning it as it were. I AM Octavia.
I look forward to doing this again and hopefully from this, we can practice eye contact everyday, because Eye Contact can change an entire conversation and what was once something so Common has become so rare. 

Looking around and seeing so many people engaging in eye contact was absolutely beautiful, I saw joy, I saw tears, I saw laughter, serenity, I saw Peace. It was something of the marvelous.
How beautiful is it that we get to have these experiences? We truly are blessed.
Photo Credit: StephXt Chan

I am EXTREMELY proud of all of you that came out today for this beautiful Global Event!!
Thank you for coming to share apart of yourself with all you connected with. 

                                     
    Photo Credit: StephXt Chan

ONE MINUTE. ONE HEART. ONE LOVE. ONE VISION. ONE HUMAN FAMILY.

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